Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 11, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.


1. September 11, 2001

Can you believe it's the 11th anniversary of terror attacks of September 11th? I can't. In fact it is still a memory burned into my mind. As a freshman at Texas Tech, I remember sitting in my dorm room watching news footage all day long. I remember receiving emails from professors telling our classes not to bother coming in and instead to watch the news. I remember my roommate coming in to the room and asking what movie I was watching as the news replayed the plane hitting the World Trade Center over and over again.

I, like most of you, watched in disbelief that day. I watched as even students at Texas Tech were scared, angry, and finally just as the rest of the nation, became patriotic.

September 11, 2001 will be a day that I will never forget and one I don't want to forget. We can't forget what happened that day and we can't forget the evil that still lurks out there. Sadly, I think many have forgotten the lessons we learned from 9/11. Every year the coverage of 9/11 is less and less and it shouldn't be like that. We should still see the replays on TV. We should watch as the victims names are read aloud.

That doesn't mean that we don't move on though. We should, but in a way where we still remember. We still remember what happened on 9/11 and in the years to follow as the U.S. went to war to kill our enemies. Bin Laden may be dead, but there are others out there like him. People who want to kill us and take this country down.

Today on Facebook and Twitter many will post "Never Forget". I hope we never do.

2. Tax Hike Approved (link)

Lubbock County residents, your taxes are going up. Don't worry though, it's not by very much according to County Commissioner Patti Jones. According to KFYO News:

A budget process that received national attention because of controversial comments by County Judge Tom Head has  come to an end.  Commissioners have approved budgets for the county and the hospital district.  Commissioner Patti Jones said the resulting tax increase will not be huge:

“When you put it in perspective, it’s going to be a $1.71 a month.  That’s less than two dollar menus at McDonald’s, once a month.”

The tax increase will help pay for expenses  in the sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office.  The new budget year begins October 1.

Patti Jones just doesn't get it does she? We aren't angry with this tax increase because of how much it will cost, though every little bit saved does help. We are upset about this because County Commissioners said years ago that once the jail was built, taxes would go down. We disagreed with the tax increase because no one was satisfied that the County Commissioners had cut enough spending. Jones doesn't get it. Will the voters remember though?

3. Obama Bounce (link)

Is President Obama seeing a post-convention bounce? Two polls show that the answer is yes. According to the USA Today:

A pair of daily tracking polls Monday give President Obama 5-point advantages over Mitt Romney, maintaining leads in the wake of last week's Democratic convention.

Gallup has Obama up 49%-44%.

The Rasmussen daily tracking poll puts Obama ahead, 50%-45%.

The surveys come as Romney's pollster, Neil Newhouse, issued a memo calling the new numbers temporary, and predicting a Romney win in the end.

As our OnPolitics blog reports, Newhouse writes: "While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly.

Expect these polls the change a lot between now and Election Day.

4. Pizza Man Faces Boycott (link)

The pizza shop owner who gave President Obama a hug is now asking that people not boycott his place. According to Politico:

“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”

The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., said that both Democrats and Republicans are welcome in his store. But he also said he thinks Mitt Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan — whose sculpted abs are thanks to intense P90X training sessions — would lose to the president in a workout battle.

If the guy makes a good pizza, go eat there. If he doesn't, then don't go. Boycotting a business because the owner gave the President a hug is just silly. I don't have the time to find out who every business owner supports in 2012 and I honestly don't care. Calling for an organized boycotts never hurts the politician, it just hurts the business owner and their employees. Want to defeat Obama? Go vote.

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